Nevada Sen. John Ensign, aide injured in car crash |

Nevada Sen. John Ensign, aide injured in car crash

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS ” Sen. John Ensign was injured in a car crash and taken to a hospital Monday after another driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit the senator’s car head-on, police said.

The Nevada Republican and an aide, who was driving, were taken to Sunrise Hospital with minor to moderate injuries, police said. A hospital spokeswoman said there was no record of Ensign being admitted.

Ensign spokesman Jack Finn said the senator and aide had minor bumps and bruises, and he expected Ensign to be released later in the day. Their car was hit as they headed to McCarran International Airport, Finn said.

The car was struck head-on around 7:30 a.m., a few blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, police spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The driver of the second vehicle, who was not identified, told police he fell asleep while driving, Cassell said. It wasn’t immediately clear if that driver was hurt. A third car also collided with the two vehicles. That driver was uninjured, police said.

Ensign was elected to the Senate in 2000 and faces re-election in November.